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i.c.stars Expands Legacy of Technology Training Impact in Illinois Through TechReady Partnership

2020-06-12T08:56:29-05:00June 12th, 2020|Chicago News, National|

CHICAGO – JUNE 12, 2020 – i.c.stars announced today its partnership with TechReady Illinois, an effort launched this week by P33 and Discovery Partners to help Illinois residents hurt by COVID-19 gain new digital skills.

More than one million Illinoisans filed for unemployment in the first nine weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, more than five times the same period of the Great Recession. The pandemic has further exacerbated the health and economic disparities among residents of underserved communities.

“For TechReady to advance inclusive tech growth, and to deliver tech-career opportunity to those who have historically been underrepresented in the digital economy like our Black and Latinx residents, we need partners who have a history and expertise working with these populations successfully,” said P33 Senior Vice President of Workforce Innovation Matthew Muench. “i.c.stars is a Chicago gem that […]

Working Nation Features i.c.stars: Creating STEM job opportunities for lower-income adults

2019-12-16T12:42:20-06:00December 9th, 2019|Chicago News, Milwaukee News|

Working Nation Feature i.c.stars recently: Creating STEM job opportunities for lower-income adults.

Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have outpaced overall job growth, according to the Pew Research Center — a 79 percent increase since 1990. Computer jobs have skyrocketed 338 percent. But when it comes to being a part of that amazing job growth, blacks and Hispanics are lagging behind. Read Article

Innovator spotlight: i.c. stars offers underserved communities bridge to tech jobs

2019-12-18T15:07:35-06:00December 4th, 2019|Chicago News|

Founded in 1998, i.c.stars creates opportunities for underserved communities by bridging the gap between resilient young adults and high-growth tech companies. The rigorous four-month leadership and technology training program gives low-income learners close to 1,000 hours of training in preparation for work at leading technology service providers and then supports them for 20 months afterward as they transition to high-paying, full-time employment. Read Article

Stand + Together Foundation spent a day with i.c.stars

2020-02-06T15:14:48-06:00December 1st, 2019|Chicago News|

The Stand + Together Foundation spent a day with i.c.stars: Recoding The Cycle Of Opportunity Through Tech-Focused Leadership Education

It’s a cold, gusty morning in downtown Chicago, where Rico Bryant shows up for work every day at a non-descript office building. He buzzes himself in under a small black awning, opens the door, and trots up two steps to press the elevator call button. There is nothing fancy about where he is headed—a third floor loft space on Dearborn Street, one block north of the House of Blues. But when he describes this place he lights up and says, “This is where the magic happens.” Read Article

Tech Scene Chicago features i.c.stars

2019-12-18T14:36:53-06:00November 22nd, 2019|Chicago News|

In this episode broadcast live on November 22, 2019, host Melanie Adcock interviews staff members from i.c. Stars, a technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for low-income adults on their 20th anniversary. Featured guests were Paige Brown, Program Manager, Arely Dorsey, Workforce Manager, and Rico Bryant, Recruiter. Listen

i.c.stars; the future is bright in the Milky Way

2019-12-18T15:15:05-06:00August 31st, 2019|Milwaukee News|

i.c.stars is an immersive technology workforce training and placement program for promising young adults. i.c.stars opened their first office in Chicago in 1999, and opened an affiliate in Columbus, Ohio in 2016. In 2018, i.c.stars opened in Milwaukee after receiving a generous commitment from The Dohmen Company. The sponsorship gives i.c.stars the funding, staff, and location needed to train and put promising adults to work in business & technology roles within Milwaukee companies. Located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, i.c.stars shares space with Dohmen’s healthcare technology company, Red Arrow Labs. Nationally, the organization has trained hundreds of people to date with a placement rate of 80% for industry-ready graduates. Read Article

Solve Is a Connector – Featured i.c.stars Alumn Akia Young

2019-12-18T15:19:57-06:00April 19th, 2018|Chicago News|

How Solve helps bridge the gap between people and the resources they need

Meet Akia: Akia landed her dream job in the technology field and found housing by working with Solve’s partners, i.c.stars and the Chester David Group.

Akia was working as a call center representative when she first heard of i.c.stars. The program, a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training curriculum, seemed like the perfect way for her to transition from a customer service job to a technology-focused career. Read Article

Xconomy: Dohmen’s $1.6M Helps i.c. stars Expand to Milwaukee, Other Cities

2019-12-18T15:55:27-06:00March 16th, 2018|Chicago News|

A Chicago-based organization that teaches technology skills to young adults who have overcome adversity says it plans to begin holding programs in Milwaukee.

Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation, or i.c. stars, says it plans to team up with companies in Milwaukee to place hundreds of young adults in jobs that require knowledge of computing concepts and expertise in software development. Read Article

Dohmen Co. brings tech training program to Milwaukee

2019-12-18T15:25:58-06:00March 16th, 2018|Milwaukee News|

The Dohmen Co. is committing $1.6 million to bring a program to Milwaukee that gives young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds immersive training in technology, business and leadership.

The program, i.c.stars, is intensive, structured — and successful.

Founded in Chicago in 1999, i.c.stars resembles a coding “boot camp” but teaches technology and other skills by focusing on specific projects from local employers, blurring the line between classroom training and work. Read Article

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